Sun Mar 19 2023


Pacific Time
11:00 am - 12:45 pm


Presented by KlezCalifornia

Israeli Klezmorim in Concert!

Live from Israel: In KlezCalifornia’s first online concert, we present two of the top bands playing klezmer in Israel. Get your ticket now!

THE KALIMUTKE PHILHARMONIA is a paranormal fusion of two beloved traditions – early 20th century jazz from Paris (gypsy swing) and klezmer. KALIMUTKE was formed by four musicians for the Yiddishshpiel production of Yidl Mitn Fidl in Tel Aviv, with a new musical arrangement by Frank London. The strong chemistry of the band was obvious to the entire cast and crew, as the band would keep playing during breaks and even after shows. In addition to original compositions, they play tunes by Dave Tarras, Naftule Brandwein, and more. With Gilad Ephrat – contrabass. Gilad Harel – clarinet, Daniel Hoffman – violin, and Yaakov Hoter – guitar. Watch them play Gypsy Klezmer Swing.

The Kalimutke Philharmonia is led by Daniel Hoffman, an American-Israeli klezmer violinist, composer, and documentary film producer. As founder of the klezmer-jazz fusion ensemble, the Klez-X, and co-founder of Davka and Trio Carpione, he was a mainstay of the San Francisco Bay Area klezmer scene (including countless weddings, b’nai mitsveh parties, and concerts) until he moved to Tel Aviv in 2005.

DI GASN TRIO (Yiddish: trio from the streets) is an Israeli band chiefly influenced by music of the Balkan region and klezmer music of Eastern Europe, blending additional elements of jazz, Arabic, and classical music. The fusion of these two musical “worlds,” though seemingly far apart but actually embracing one another, created a unique musical result. Di Gasn Trio maintains the musical styles of Eastern European cultures, while renewing and refreshing the sounds to produce a new Israeli folklore. With clarinetist Gal Klein – clarinet, Yanush Hurwitz – accordion, Asaf Rabi – contrabass, Ori Naveh – percussion. Watch them play Chompolon from balconies in Tel Aviv.

In Israel, the word “klezmer” means roughly, “religious Ashkenazi music.” In this concert we present “klezmer” as that music is known in the diaspora.

Tickets: $18 and $36. To buy a ticket, scroll down and complete the form. Please buy a $36 ticket or make an additional donation if several people will be watching. Donations in addition to the ticket price are tax-deductible and welcomed! The cost of this event is subsidized by a gift from The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

Can’t attend in real time? A video will be available after for two weeks to those who have bought tickets.

KlezCalifornia relies on donations to cover the costs of online lectures, workshops, kumzitsn, play readings, and more. Donations of $18, $36, $108 (or whatever you can afford) are greatly appreciated to enable us to continue to connect you with Yiddish culture.

If you buy a ticket no later than Friday, March 17, 2pm PT, you will receive sign-in info on Sunday, March 19, 8:10am PT. If you have not heard by then, check your junk/spam folder, then write Do not wait until just before the event begins to check whether you have sign-in info.

If you buy a ticket between Friday, March 17, 2pm PT and the concert, you will receive sign-in info along with the email confirmation of your purchase.

Buying a ticket includes giving KlezCalifornia permission to take still and video images and use them for educational or other organizational purposes. If you do not agree to such use, please choose “stop video” when you join the event. To keep you informed of future events, we enroll registrants in our free monthly newsletter which includes klezmer and Yiddish culture events in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. You may unsubscribe at any time. KlezCalifornia does not share its lists with other organizations.